Overnight fires damage 2 south Wichita homes

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WICHITA, Kan. - A South Wichita homeowner is declaring a neighbor her "angel" for waking up her family when fire erupted early Wednesday. It was one of two early-morning fires on the south side.

Firefighters believe faulty wiring in an attic turned into flames around 5:20 a.m. in the 2400 block of South Bennett, near Osage Park.

Because the fire started in the attic, the flames had not yet triggered a smoke detector below. But an attentive neighbor noticed trouble and woke the family by knocking on the door. No one was injured.

"Oh my gosh he's my hero I gave him a big hug," said homeowner Christina Noonan. "What a miracle, you know, that he smelled the smoke and he came pounding on the door."

An earlier fire broke out around 3:45 a.m. in the 4800 block of South Fern Circle. Firefighters were able to limit the damage to the garage.

Firefighters believe the first fire resulted from 12-hour-old hot coals being tossed in a trash can.

The same fire battalion responded to both fires, because the scenes were about three miles apart. Crew members say it's a situation they're prepared for.

"Before we leave the scene, we'll have the engine ready for the next one so if we get a fire on the way back to the station we'll be ready to go," said Captain Mike Mckernan.

Both homes did have working smoke detectors.

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